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30 arrested after Maldives opposition protest
MALE, Maldives (AP) -- Police in the Maldives on Friday arrested 30 people as thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the capital calling on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom to resign and demanding the release of a former president in police detention.... 2/27/2015 4:47 PM

South African business owners petrol bomb immigrant shop
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African police say a foreigner was seriously injured when his shop was petrol bombed.... 2/27/2015 4:42 PM

Russian diplomat slams "destructive" US stance
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian diplomat has accused the U.S. administration of taking a "destructive" stance in bilateral relations and warned that Moscow could retaliate.... 2/27/2015 4:41 PM

Amsterdam warns tourists white heroin being sold as cocaine
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Authorities in Amsterdam warned Friday that potentially lethal white heroin is being sold as cocaine in the city after three Danish tourists became ill this week.... 2/27/2015 4:37 PM

Somali pirates release 4 Thai sailors held nearly 5 years
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a U.N. official said Friday.... 2/27/2015 4:34 PM

UK spies face questions about failure to stop 'Jihadi John'
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that Britain's intelligence services do a good job and make "incredibly difficult judgments," after revelations that the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" had been on their radar for years.... 2/27/2015 4:33 PM

Bombings, mortar fire kill 10 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bombings and mortar strikes in and near the Iraqi capital killed 10 people on Friday as Baghdad police discovered six bodies with gunshot wounds, officials said.... 2/27/2015 4:24 PM

EU, others: Catch plans for Bluefin tuna threaten recovery
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union, Japan and other nations hunting for the eastern Atlantic Bluefin tuna are fearful that Turkey's unilateral decision to exceed catch limits agreed last year is threatening the stock recovery and the organization regulating its conservation.... 2/27/2015 4:24 PM

Zimbabwe's Mugabe to celebrate 91st birthday
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's longtime leader, has sought to brush away concerns that his wife controls him, saying she is "not the power behind my throne."... 2/27/2015 4:23 PM

ICC Prosecutor: Evidence against Ugandan rebel incomplete
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said on Friday that more time is needed to gather evidence against a Ugandan rebel commander who faces trial at The Hague court.... 2/27/2015 4:22 PM

OSCE officials say Ukraine is at crossroads of war and peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Top officials of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Ukraine say the country is at a crossroads with a significant reduction in combat operations and the withdrawal of some heavy weapons.... 2/27/2015 4:21 PM

Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says
LONDON (AP) -- Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press.... 2/27/2015 4:18 PM

Russian court upholds sentence for opposition leader Navalny
MOSCOW (AP) -- An appeals court in Moscow on Friday upheld a 15-day sentence for prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.... 2/27/2015 4:13 PM

Detentions of major Mexico drug chiefs in recent years
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Recent captures or killings of top Mexican drug cartel leaders:... 2/27/2015 4:13 PM

International court judges uphold acquittal of Congolese man
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- International Criminal Court judges on Friday upheld the acquittal of a Congolese man who was cleared at trial of leading a deadly militia attack in eastern Congo.... 2/27/2015 4:08 PM

Hungary's premier rejects immigration, multicultural society
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban has denounced multiculturalism and liberalism and vowed to fight a wave of migration that he says is threatening to turn his country into a "refugee camp."... 2/27/2015 4:07 PM

Kurdish fighters enter IS stronghold in northeastern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that has been a key stronghold of the Islamic State group and planted their flag on the edge of the town, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.... 2/27/2015 4:05 PM

Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.... 2/27/2015 3:54 PM

UN free speech expert praises US net neutrality decision
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N.'s independent expert on freedom of speech has praised the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for voting to enforce "net neutrality" rules for the broadband industry.... 2/27/2015 3:45 PM

Mexico official: Top capo nabbed in western Michoacan state
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords who terrorized the western state of Michoacan as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.... 2/27/2015 3:42 PM

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